Blepharoplasty is generally done in an outpatient setting. Your surgeon injects numbing drugs into your eyelids and administers intravenous medication to enable you to relax. This may make you groggy.
During the procedure The surgeon generally works in your top lids first, if you have surgery on your upper and lower eyelids. The fold of the eyelid cuts along, removes some extra skin, muscle and fat, and closes the cut.
On the lower lid, the surgeon makes a cut just below the lashes in the natural crease of your eye or inside the lower lid. She or he removes or redistributes excess fat, skin that is sagging and muscle, and closes the cut.
If your eyelid droops close to your pupil, your surgeon may do blepharoplasty with a procedure called ptosis (TOE-sis) to address that issue.
Blepharoplasty usually takes less than two hours, determined by location and the amount of tissue.
After the procedure After surgery spent time in a recovery room, where you are monitored for complications. You can leave after that day to recuperate at home.
After surgery you may temporarily experience:
Blurry vision from the lubricating ointment applied to your eyes Watering eyes Light sensitivity Double vision Redness where the cuts were made Puffy, numb eyelids Some pain
Your physician will probably suggest you take these steps after surgery: Avoid straining, heavy lifting and swimming for a few days. Avoid strenuous activities, for a day or two, like aerobics and jogging. Prevent smoking. Avoid rubbing your eyes. If you use contact lenses, don't place in for about two weeks after operation. Wear darkly tinted shades to shield the skin of your eyelids from sun and wind. Sleep with your head raised higher than your torso for a few days. If needed, after a couple of days return to the doctor's office to have stitches removed. For a couple of days, avoid aspirin, ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin), naproxen (Aleve, Naprosyn), and other drugs or herbal supplements that may increase bleeding.
Seek medical attention promptly if you experience some of the following: Shortness of breath Chest pain An unusual heart rate Severe new eye pain Bleeding Vision issues